Mid-season replacement

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In American and Canadian television, a mid-season replacement is a television series that premieres in the second half of the traditional television season, usually between January and May. Mid-season replacements usually take place after a show that was in the fall schedule was canceled or put on hiatus, or a program had a shortened season for some other reason which resulted in a time slot that needed filling.

Notable shows[edit]

Series name Network Original air date Replaced series
Airwolf CBS January 22, 1984 Hour #1 of The CBS Saturday Night Movies
Alcatraz Fox January 16, 2012 Terra Nova
All in the Family CBS January 12, 1971 To Rome with Love
American Dad! Fox February 6, 2005 The Sketch Show
Andy Richter Controls the Universe Fox March 19, 2002 That '70s Show
Are You There, Chelsea? NBC January 11, 2012 Free Agents
Awake NBC March 1, 2012 The Firm
Barnaby Jones CBS January 28, 1973
Barney Miller ABC January 23, 1975
Batman ABC January 12, 1966 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
The Black Donnellys NBC February 26, 2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Blind Justice ABC March 8, 2005 NYPD Blue
Blossom NBC January 3, 1991 Ferris Bueller
Bob's Burgers Fox January 9, 2011 The Cleveland Show
Body of Proof ABC March 29, 2011 Detroit 1-8-7
The Book of Daniel NBC January 6, 2006
Breaking In Fox April 6, 2011 American Idol
Buffy the Vampire Slayer The WB March 10, 1997 Savannah
The Cape NBC January 9, 2011 The Event
Castle [1] ABC March 9, 2009 True Beauty
The Chicago Code Fox February 7, 2011 Lie to Me
Coach ABC February 28, 1989
Conviction NBC March 3, 2006 The Book of Daniel
Cuts UPN February 14, 2005 Second Time Around
Dallas CBS April 2, 1978
Dawson's Creek The WB January 20, 1998 Syndicated pogramming
Deception NBC January 7, 2013 Revolution
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman CBS January 1, 1993
Dollhouse Fox February 13, 2009 Don't Forget the Lyrics!
Do No Harm NBC January 31, 2013 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 ABC April 11, 2012 Happy Endings, Modern Family
Dynasty ABC January 12, 1981
Eight Is Enough ABC March 15, 1977
Ellen ABC March 29, 1994
Emergency! NBC January 15, 1972 The Good Life
Falcon Crest CBS December 4, 1981 The Incredible Hulk
Family Guy Fox January 31, 1999
Fashion Star NBC March 13, 2012 Parenthood
The Firm NBC January 8, 2012 Prime Suspect
The Following Fox January 21, 2013 The Mob Doctor
For Your Love NBC March 18, 1998
Friends with Benefits NBC August 5, 2011
GCB ABC March 4, 2012 Pan Am
George Lopez [2] ABC March 27, 2002 According to Jim
Grey's Anatomy ABC March 27, 2005 Boston Legal
Grounded for Life Fox January 10, 2001
Happy Days ABC January 15, 1974 Temperatures Rising
Hannibal NBC April 4, 2013 Do No Harm
Happy Endings ABC April 13, 2011 Mr. Sunshine
Harry's Law NBC January 17, 2011 Chase
High Incident ABC March 4, 1996
Hill Street Blues NBC January 17, 1981
Human Target Fox January 17, 2010 So You Think You Can Dance
The Incredible Hulk CBS March 10, 1978
In Case of Emergency [2] ABC January 3, 2007
It Takes a Thief ABC January 9, 1968
The Jeffersons CBS January 18, 1975
JAG Season 2 relaunch on CBS CBS January 17, 1997
Just Shoot Me! NBC March 4, 1997
Kate & Allie CBS March 19, 1984
King of the Hill Fox January 12, 1997
Knots Landing CBS December 27, 1979
Laverne & Shirley ABC January 27, 1976
Law & Order: Trial by Jury NBC March 3, 2005 Medical Investigation
Mad Love CBS February 14, 2011 Rules of Engagement
Malcolm in the Middle Fox January 9, 2000 Futurama
Married... with Children Fox April 5, 1987
Medium NBC January 3, 2005 LAX
Mister Ed CBS January 5, 1961
Moesha UPN January 23, 1996
Moonlighting ABC March 3, 1985
Mr. Belvedere ABC March 15, 1985 Hawaiian Heat
Mr. Sunshine ABC February 9, 2011 Cougar Town
My Wife and Kids ABC March 28, 2001
Nanny and the Professor ABC January 21, 1970
Napoleon Dynamite Fox January 15, 2012 Allen Gregory
Nash Bridges CBS March 29, 1996 American Gothic
The Nick Cannon Show Nickelodeon January 19, 2002 The Brothers Garcia
Night Court NBC January 4, 1984 Family Ties
The Norm Show ABC March 24, 1999 The Secret Lives of Men
Notes from the Underbelly ABC April 12, 2007 Two and a Half Men
Numb3rs CBS January 23, 2005 Dr. Vegas
NYC 22 CBS April 15, 2012 CSI: Miami
Parenthood NBC March 2, 2010
Parks and Recreation[n 1] NBC April 9, 2009 Kath & Kim
Perfect Couples NBC January 20, 2011
Perfect Strangers ABC March 25, 1986
Quantum Leap NBC March 26, 1989
Raines NBC March 15, 2007
Red Widow ABC March 3, 2013 666 Park Avenue
Rob CBS January 12, 2012 Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement CBS February 5, 2007 The New Adventures of Old Christine
Social Studies UPN March 18, 1997
That '80s Show Fox January 23, 2002 Malcolm in the Middle
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Fox January 14, 2008 K-Ville
The Bob Cummings Show NBC January 2, 1955
The Bridge [3] CTV March 5, 2010
The Carrie Diaries The CW January 14, 2013 90210 (TV series)
The Deep End ABC December 10, 2009 FlashForward
The Finder Fox January 12, 2012 Bones
The Lone Gunmen Fox March 4, 2001
The Knights of Prosperity [2] ABC January 3, 2007
The New Adventures of Old Christine CBS March 13, 2006 Courting Alex
The Office NBC March 24, 2005 Committed
The Practice ABC March 4, 1997 NYPD Blue
The River ABC February 7, 2012 Wife Swap
Ready for Love NBC April 9, 2013 Smash
Scandal ABC April 5, 2012 Private Practice
Show Me the Money [2] ABC November 14, 2006
The Simpsons Fox December 17, 1989 Totally Hidden Video
Sister, Sister ABC April 1, 1994
The Six Million Dollar Man ABC January 18, 1974
Smash NBC February 6, 2012 Rock Center with Brian Williams
So Weird Disney January 18, 1999
Space Cases Nickelodeon March 2, 1996 All That
Stacked Fox April 13, 2005 Quintuplets
The Unit CBS March 7, 2006 Love Monkey
The Unusuals [1] ABC April 8, 2009 Life on Mars
The Wonder Years ABC March 15, 1988
3rd Rock from the Sun NBC January 9, 1996
Three The WB February 2, 1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Three's Company ABC March 15, 1977
Traffic Light Fox February 8, 2011 Raising Hope, Running Wilde
Unhappily Ever After The WB January 11, 1995
Walker, Texas Ranger CBS April 21, 1993
Wanda at Large Fox March 26, 2003 Cedric the Entertainer Presents
What About Brian ABC April 16, 2006
Work It ABC January 3, 2012 Man Up
Zero Hour ABC February 14, 2013 Last Resort

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Parks and Recreation was a midseason replacement in both its first and third season. It was introduced as a midseason replacement in the third season, to accommodate Amy Poehler's pregnancy, which was not written into the show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Diamond, Ilana (2008-12-11). "Midseason Replacements 2009 - News". TV.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d Diamond, Ilana (2007-01-01). "Midseason Replacements - News". TV.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ Paul William Tenny (2010-05-14). "CBS 2010 upfronts: Mid-season replacements". Mediapundit.net. Retrieved 2012-01-05.